Before West Feliciana Hospital opened its new campus in 2017, patients who needed a CT scan, MRI, or mammogram had limited options: Be referred to a different medical facility, or wait for one of the few days a month when imaging equipment arrived for temporary use.
Day in and day out, the doctors on staff at West Feliciana Hospital treat patients experiencing a spectrum of medical issues. When symptoms aren’t cut-and-dried, establishing a diagnosis and deciding on the best course of treatment can be a lengthy process. In cases like these, early detection can make all the difference. That’s why West Feliciana Hospital has invested in some of the industry’s most technologically advanced medical imaging equipment to aid physicians in making the most accurate diagnosis.
“I can refer patients to imaging at West Feliciana Hospital with full confidence that we’re going to get good images,” says Dr. Chaillie Daniel.
When then-16-year-old Lauren Mendenall was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer in January, the hospital’s imaging department played a critical role in her outcome. Just two days after Lauren received an ultrasound and CT scan at West Feliciana Hospital, she underwent surgery to remove a 15-pound tumor from her ovary. Everyone involved in Lauren’s case acted fast—and the hospital’s superior imaging capabilities enabled her doctors to establish an effective course of action as quickly as possible.
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To Dr. Chaillie Daniel, the doctors on his staff, and patients like Lauren, having access to cutting-edge diagnostic technology just minutes away is incredibly convenient and assuring. “It’s a huge thing to know that when you order these images locally, you’re going to get quality images that give you the information you need,” Daniel says. “The diagnostic imaging capabilities at West Feliciana Hospital are one of the biggest things our patients in the community utilize.”
Cutting-Edge Imaging and Patient Comfort: Both Have a Place Here
Lauded by doctors and patients alike, West Feliciana Hospital’s upgraded imaging department has systematically reformed the experience of patients undergoing medical scans. Before the hospital opened its new campus in 2017, patients who needed a CT scan, MRI, or mammogram were left with limited options—they were referred to a different medical facility, or had to wait for one of the few days a month when imaging equipment arrived on trailers for temporary use.
Today, thanks to West Feliciana Parish Hospital, local doctors have access to advanced imaging services close to home, keeping business local and allowing their patients to keep from making the drive to Baton Rouge. MedWeb integration with the hospital’s imaging department means both doctors and patients have immediate access to their images, so when circumstances call for quick answers from specialists, crucial files can be sent directly to their offices almost anywhere in the country.
When designing its imaging lab, the hospital placed a high priority on equipping it with devices designed to be as accessible, and as comfortable, as possible. Anyone who has ever undergone a full-body MRI scan will tell you that it can be an uncomfortable experience. So West Feliciana Hospital’s new MRI machine is specifically designed to quell claustrophobic feelings with the widest opening on the market. Even the hospital’s CT (computerized tomography) scanning capabilities offer a low-radiation alternative to traditional CT experiences. CT scans are actually composite images, made up of a collection of image “slices” taken at every angle of the prescribed area. When stitched together, the result is a true 3D image, which can then be observed from any angle. Creating a multi-dimensional, high-resolution medical image is a highly advanced procedure made possible by the hospital’s state-of-the-art equipment.
Thanks to a partnership with Woman’s Hospital, West Feliciana residents also have access to 3D mammography services twice a week. A 3D mammogram can reveal cancer cells that traditional 2D mammograms might miss, meaning patients can get non-invasive and ultra-thorough breast cancer screenings without ever leaving St. Francisville.